Fresh snow hits the lower slopes at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Fresh snow hits the lower slopes at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Weekend forecast: Wind and cold temperatures (but probably no snow)

“It’s looking dry …”

There’s a chance of snow in the capital city this weekend, but don’t hold your breath for it.

At least one weather model showed snow coming to Juneau over the coming days, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Boyd, but there’s not a high probability of it coming to fruition.

“Right now we’re actually going to be looking dry for the weekend,” Boyd said in a Thursday interview. “Low-pressure system is much further to the south and we’re not really seeing it get up to the area to produce any significant precipitation for us. There is one model that is pushing it a little north, but we’re kind of looking at that as an outlier.”

Since Jan. 1, the capital city has received 37 inches of snow, less than halfway to the yearly average (1981-2010) of 87 inches. Should 2019 fail to reach that average, it would follow in line with the last five years of below-average snowfall, anywhere between 27 and 68 inches.

Boyd said there is a good chance of high winds downtown Friday night and Saturday, with gusts at least 40 mph.

“So it’s going to be cold, we’re more confident it’s going to be dry but we’re also looking at windy conditions for the weekend,” Boyd said. The high temperatures Saturday will be in the mid-30s.

There’s a chance snow could make an appearance at the beginning of next week.

“With that cold air in place we could get a start of some snow, but there’s once again a good amount of warm air moving up with it,” Boyd said.

• Contact reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of July 20

Here’s what to expect this week.

Michele Stuart Morgan (right), a Juneau Board of Education candidate, signs a qualifying petition for Jeff Redmond (center), who is also seeking one of three school board seats in the Oct. 1 municipal election, just before Monday’s filing deadline at City Hall. At left, Deputy Municipal Clerk processes last-minute paperwork filed by candidates. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Here’s the candidates certified for the Oct. 1 municipal election ballot as the filing deadline passes

Two running for mayor, seven for two Assembly seats, six for three school board seats.

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter hovers over Sitka Sound during routine hoist training on April 25, 2023. (Lt. Cmdr. Wryan Webb/U.S. Coast Guard)
Coast Guard calls off search for trio who went missing flying from Juneau to Yakutat

Haines pilot Samuel Wright, Yakutat residents Hans Munich and Tanya Hutchins were on plane.

Juneau Municipal Attorney Robert Palmer reacts to praise for his service from Assembly members after his resignation was announced during a May 13 meeting. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Three city attorney finalists to be interviewed in public sessions this week by Juneau Assembly

Two Juneau residents with CBJ experience and D.C.-based Army attorney seek to replace Robert Palmer.

Angela Rodell, former CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., speaks to the House Finance Committee on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file photo)
Angela Rodell, former Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. CEO, says she’s running for mayor

First-time candidate to challenge incumbent Beth Weldon; filing deadline for local election is today.

Republican U.S. House candidate Nick Begich, with sign-holding supporters, waves to Midtown Anchorage motorists on Election Day in 2022. (Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Some Alaska Republican candidates pledge to withdraw if they aren’t atop GOP votes in primary

Pledges are a way to circumvent ranked choice voting, according to one supporter.

People protesting the death of Steven Kissack gather at Marine Park after marching through downtown Juneau on Sunday afternoon. (Jasz Garrett / Juneau Empire)
Protesters demand police accountability following death of Steven Kissack

Advocates gather where he was shot, say they are raising their voices because “he’s unable to speak.”

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter hovers over Sitka Sound during routine hoist training. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Lt. Cmdr Wryan Webb)
Yakutat-bound charter flight missing from Juneau

Flight departed from Juneau on Saturday with three people aboard, according to U.S. Coast Guard.

President Biden at the White House on July 3. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
President Joe Biden drops out of race, scrambling the campaign for the White House

Withdraws under pressure from fellow Democrats; endorses Vice President Kamala Harris to take on Trump.

Most Read